Why are men no longer the primary breadwinners?
Major gender role changes are afoot, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. Men are increasingly marrying women who earn more money or have more education than them. The numbers say it all: In 1970, 4% of wives earned more than their husbands; In 2007, 22% did. Good job ladies!
Between 1970 and now, household incomes went up by 60% for married people and for single women; by contrast, single men only saw a 16% rise in household income. That's a pretty big gap, and it's happening for a number of reasons.
First of all, more women are working today than ever before, so men usually gain another earner when they marry, which didn't happen in the past. On top of that, women have more education than men—Americans between 30 and 44 years old are the first group in history in which the ladies are more schooled than the gents. And finally, this recession has hit men harder than women—more men are out of work, meaning women are more likely to be the main earners. Career And Family: Can We Really Have Both?
There's a strange contradiction here, though. According to the numbers, the more educated you are, the more likely you are to get married and make a lot of money. So why do mega-successful women still find it so hard to date? Why Do Smart Women Settle For Mr. Wrong?
One woman interviewed by the New York Times said that men "'call you high maintenance if you look like you dont need anyone to take care of you."' Another woman said that a man told her,
'You are confident, have good credit, own your own business, travel around the world and are self-sufficient. What man is going to want you?' He laughed, but I found that pretty depressing.
Ladies, what do you think? Are men intimidated by your success, or are they drawn to it?